Schools in and around Orange have all taken up the challenge of raising much-needed money for farmers through the barren Central West region, with everything from casual clothes days to fairs and more.
Orange High School will be challenging its year 11 business students to come up with intuitive ways to raise money, with each given $100 to turn into as much money as they can via a lunchtime sale.
Groups of students will be selling food or drink at the lunchtime and competing with each other on Friday to make the most money, with all cash then donated to a farming charity of the winners’ choice.
Nico Smith and Sophie Allen will be holding a barbeque, and have raised over $700 by raffling off a 10 kilogram block of chocolate.
“A lot of people have brought tickets but a lot of adults have donated, saying ‘10kg is too much for me’,” Nico said.
The pair have had the challenge – along with the rest of their classmates – of figuring out the business side of the equation to make as much money possible to donate to charity.
“We’re giving away juice poppers for free as well so that’s had to be factored in,” Sophie said.
“We’ll have sausages, vegan sausages, burgers and some butter chicken.”
They’ll also do battle in the world of competition with classmate Lucy Johnston, who is also preparing a barbeque.
Around the city, Orange East Public School raised more than $3000 on August 3, which led principal Glen Bourke to ask other schools in Orange to “take up the challenge”.
Many others already had wheels in motion for fundraisers, but since then Orange Public School has raised over $5500 over a period of a few weeks, while St Mary’s Catholic Primary School raised over $1100 – triple what it normally does at fundraisers – last Friday.
Bletchington Public School is also holding a ‘Fair Dinkum Family Fundraiser’ fair on August 26.
Plenty of schools are running mufti days, with most encouraging students to don a flannelette shirt and donate cash, including Calare Public School on Tuesday, Bowen Public School on Thursday, while Catherine Mcauley Catholic Primary School and James Sheahan Catholic High School will both holdt heir events on August 24.
Kinross Wolaroi School held a dress-up day and bake sale for pre-prep to year six on Monday, raising over $2200, while Orange Anglican Grammar School will hold a sausage sizzle on August 31. Glenroi Heights Public School will host some form of Parma for a Farmer in coming weeks.
Anson Street School will also hold a free dress day toward the end of the term and have also been preparing cards to send to farmers.
Clergate Public School will hold a mufti day on August 31, while Spring Hill Public School’s will be on August 24.
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